Celebrities You Never Realised Wrote Children’s Books

Celebrities You Never Realised Wrote Children’s Books

Yoga Babies – Fearne Cotton

Radio DJ and TV presenter Fearne Cotton has written a new book for children which combines her love of reading and yoga, both of which she enjoys doing with her children. The Yoga Babies love to have fun trying new poses. Sometimes life is busy and tricky, but not to worry! Yoga can help everyone chill out. Follow these babies big and small as they practise yoga at home, in the garden and before bedtime, then you can have a go at home, too!

Great for coordination as well as health and wellbeing, yoga is a wonderful activity for all the family. Fearne Cotton’s Yoga Babies is not only a fun bedtime read but will introduce your little ones to yoga.

Birthday Boy – David Baddiel

Comedian David Baddiel’s books for children are just as funny as he is! Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David’s inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity, all brought to life by Jim Field’s witty, stylish illustrations. Birthday Boy tells the story of Sam Green, who really, really, really loves birthdays. He loves the special breakfasts in bed. The presents. The themed parties. Blowing out the candles on his cake. Everything. He is so excited about his 11th birthday that he wishes it was his birthday every day. At first, it’s quite exciting when his birthday happens again the next morning. And again. And again. And again… But it’s not long before things start to go wrong. Soon, disaster strikes, threatening something Sam loves even more than birthdays.

Birthday Boy is a hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for children over nine and will make them think twice about what they wish for!

Lucie Goose – Danny Baker

Popular comedy writer, journalist and radio DJ Danny Baker has written a magnificently funny first children’s book called Lucie Goose. Lucie Goose lives all alone in a house at the edge of the woods. She has never met or spoken to another animal of any sort until… a wolf, bear and lion turn up on her doorstep and try to scare her.

Infused with Danny’s trademark wit and warmth, Lucie Goose is a wonderfully charming and funny picture book that will soon become one of your little one’s favourite bedtime reads.

The Girl with the Lost Smile – Miranda Hart

Comedy star and actress Miranda Hart brings her rich and boundless imagination to Chloe’s world, along with all her hilarity and sensitivity, with truly magical results in her first book for children, The Girl with the Lost Smile. Chloe Long has lost her smile. She’s looked everywhere for it and tried everything to bring it back. From her favourite cake and joke to her gran, nothing seems to be bringing her smile back. Until one night, something utterly magical happens and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world!

The Girl with the Lost Smile takes you on an action-packed, magical journey that celebrates the power of the imagination, the wonder of true friendship and is guaranteed to make you and your little ones smile.

Kid Normal – Greg James and Chris Smith

Much-loved Radio 1 personalities Greg James and Chris Smith have come together to write their first book in a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series. Kid Normal tells the story of Murph Cooper who can’t help but feel out of his depth when he starts a new school. It’s not because he’s worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are but because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake! Unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever…But just because Murph doesn’t have a cape, it doesn’t mean he can’t be a hero.

Full of mischief and hilarity, Kid Normal is a superhero story with a difference and teaches children that everyone has what it takes to make a difference.

Moone Boy: The Blunder Years – Chris O’Dowd

Irish film and TV star Chris O’Dowd worked together with his friend and screenwriter Nick Vincent Murphy to write Moone Boy, a hilarious, illustrated series for children. Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He’s desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when his best friend Padraic suggests Martin gets an imaginary friend, he decides to give it a go. His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs. But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou’s loopiness and decides to trade him in for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean ‘Caution’ Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sisters’ pranks to beating the bullying Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!

Funny and ridiculous, fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid will love the Moone Boy books.

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape – Dermot O’Leary

Inspired by his own cats he rescued as strays, much-loved TV presenter Dermot O’Leary has written his first fantastic book for children, Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape. Toto the cat and her brother Silver live footloose and fancy-free in a townhouse in London. Toto is almost totally blind, and learned to trust her senses from a ninja cat-master who taught her back in Italy where they were born. By day, Toto and Silver seem to be ordinary cats, but by night, they love to have adventures!

With themes of friendship, inclusivity and winning in the face of adversity, Toto the Ninja Cat is a hilarious must-read for all animal-loving kids! It’s purrfect for reading aloud or for children to curl up with and read alone.

Tilly’s Time to Shine – Kimberly Wyatt

International superstar and former Pussycat Doll, Kimberly Wyatt has released a brand new series of children’s books centred around the World Elite Dance Academy. The second book in the series, Tilly’s Time to Shine, introduces us to a girl called Tilly who, with her unique sense of style, creativity and ‘attitude problem’ has never fitted in. A student at the WEDA, Tilly is struggling with things hardly anyone knows about and they’re affecting her dancing and school work. She needs to find a way to overcome her frustrations and keep her grades up before it’s too late and her WEDA dream is over.

An entertaining read, Tilly’s exciting, empowering and sometimes scary journey to stardom will inspire children to follow their dreams and maybe even start dancing.

There’s a Monster in Your Book – Tom Fletcher

Since 2012, popstar and YouTuber Tom Fletcher has been entertaining children with his inventive, hilarious books. Now he’s written a brand new picture book perfect for bedtime, where a mischievous monster has invaded the pages! A read-aloud, interactive picture book There’s a Monster in Your Book invites children to make magic happen page by page, tilting, spinning and shaking the book, and then seeing the funny results when each page is turned.

There’s a Monster in Your Books is a fantastic celebration of all the fun that can be had with a book, with a wonderful wind-down bedtime ending!

Evie’s Magic Bracelet: The Enchanted Puppy – Jessica Ennis-Hill

Olympic Gold Medallist, Jessica Ennis-Hill is an inspiration for kids everywhere and she’s written a magical, exciting series of books about ordinary children doing extraordinary things. The second book in the series, The Enchanted Puppy, tells the story of Evie who lives in Sheffield with her mum, dad and sister – plus their chocolate Labrador Myla and their cat Luna. One morning she gets a special parcel in the post from her Grandma Iris in Jamaica. Inside layers of tissue and colourful ribbons is a beautiful bracelet! And the bracelet isn’t just beautiful …it shows Evie that there’s magic everywhere, if she can just find out how to use it. With a bit of determination and some help from her friends, Evie’s ready to have some magical adventures!

Sweet and charming, The Enchanted Puppy mixes magic and animals to create an enjoyable story that will both entertain and inspire young minds.

The Bolds on Holiday – Julian Clary

Comedian-turned-author Julian Clary’s series of popular children’s books centre around The Bolds, a family of hyenas living a normal life in Teddington. Mr and Mrs Bold and their two twins Bobby and Berry do everything they can to keep up the appearance of being human. In their latest adventure they decide to go to the seaside for their summer holiday and head to Cornwall for a spot of camping. However, it isn’t long before the Bolds find themselves in trouble when Bobby is mistaken for a puppy and snatched by an evil dognapper. They have to use all their ingenuity to hunt her down and rescue all the stolen puppies before its too late and without revealing their identity.

Filled with quirky illustrations by David Roberts, The Bolds on Holiday is so funny your little one will be left laughing like a hyena!

Tilly and the Time Machine – Adrian Edmondson

Another hilarious comedian, Adrian Edmondson has turned his hand to writing books for children. His first book Tilly and the Time Machine is about a girl called Tilly. She lives with her dad, a scientist who used to invent things for the government. They are very happy, but they are both missing Tilly’s mum, who died about a year ago. So when Tilly’s dad creates a time machine in their back garden, there’s only one place that Tilly really wants to go: back to her sixth birthday party, when she ate too many cupcakes and her mummy was there. There’s only one problem. Tilly’s dad has got stuck in the past, and she must follow him through history, from battles on boats to Buckingham Palace, to get him back.

Adrian Edmondson touches on grief with sincerity in a poignant and thoughtful way and Tilly and the Time Machine is a funny and heart-warming adventure that young readers will adore.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin – Russell Brand

Controversial comedian Russell Brand might not be the first celebrity you’d except to write a children’s book but his hilarious retelling of an old fairytale favourite in The Pied Piper of Hamelin will appeal to adults and kids alike. You may have heard the story of the Pied Piper, with his strange music and the pesky rats but you’ve never heard it like this before. Children will be enchanted and revolted in equal measure by the host of characters they meet in Russell Brand’s Hamelin: the anarchic rats, the arrogant townspeople, sharp-eyed Sam and of course the Pied Piper himself, all brought to life in Russell Brand’s inimitable style and with the illustrations of Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

Whether you’re a little or big kid, you’ll be chuckling the whole way through this zany story that bypasses Russell Brand’s more adult humour for the outrageous, the madcap, and the just plain silly.

Flying Fergus: The Cycle Search and Rescue – Chris Hoy

Olympic gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy has shared his passion for cycling in a series of children’s books. Flying Fergus is an action-packed series of cycling adventures featuring nine-year old Fergus Hamilton and his friends as he travels back and forth to a parallel universe called Nevermore, where cycling is banned and his dad is trapped by the evil King Woebegot. When Fergus gets up and speeds the pedals backwards on his bike, he can fly through time and space with his dog, Chimp, and land wherever he imagines. Thrilling but also a little bit crazy, he meets some amazing character and does tricks that are out of this world.

The Flying Fergus series inspires and excites children, opening their eyes to the freedom and adventures cycling can offer and shows them that with hard work and determination, you can accomplish your dreams.

The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop – Clare Balding

TV presenter Clare Balding is known for being horse-mad so it’s no surprise that her first book for children is titled The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop. Like many children, ten-year-old Charlie Bass wants nothing more than her own horse. Her wish is granted when she accidentally manages to buy a racehorse Noble Warrior. Strong and elegant, he looks like the perfect racehorse but there’s one problem, he refuses to gallop and won’t leave his stable without his best friend, a naughty pony called Percy. However, Charlie won’t give up on him. She believes he has what it takes to be a champion and winning Derby Day is her only chance to save the family farm from being repossessed.

Filled with funny moments and loveable characters, you and your little ones will find yourselves cheering for Charlie and Noble Warrior. Look out for the next book in the series, which is due to be published in the autumn.

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